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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Dodges Debates with Karen Harrington - Will Debbie Defend Her Failed Policies in Her "Safe" Congressional District?

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Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Too Busy to Debate Within the Congressional District She Supposedly Represents-- Debbie's Campaigning Live Via Satellite from Portland, Maine

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has done quite a bit of campaigning this mid-term election season. The issue for Debbie is that most of her campaigning these days is done almost everywhere but within her South Florida congressional district. Yesterday, she appeared on Fox News Sunday live via satellite from Portland, Maine, taking her re-election campaign over 1000 miles away from the congressional district she represents-- with just weeks to go before the November election. It's apparent that Debbie believes it isn't necessary to put much time and effort into defending her "safe' congressional seat as it is to get her fellow Democrats re-elected across the country.

As further proof of Debbie's dismissive attitude towards her own congressional district, Debbie has already cancelled two debates with the one person she wants to avoid at any cost-- her Republican challenger Karen Harrington. These debates were to be moderated separately by Channel 10's Michael Putney and Univision, and to this date, her campaign continues to stall and delay the rescheduling of these debates. It's no mystery to us why Debbie is afraid to defend her record within the 20th Congressional District-- its voters know Debbie best and feel the impact of her failed policies more than anyone.

Debbie's most pressing priority these days is campaigning for Democratic candidates in Congressional Districts across the country rather than holding herself to account within her own District. Debbie has already publicly stated that she does indeed take her Congressional District and its voters for granted:

From CQ Politics (8/11):

"This is the third cycle that I've been spending a lot of time on the road," Wasserman-Schultz said. "It's more and more every cycle. Mostly it's because "Frontline' Members have asked me to come to their districts."

"I'm focused on working hard to re-elect our Members," Wasserman-Schultz said. "I've always felt that I'm from a district where I can help, so I do."

"The voters of the 20th Congressional District deserve a representative in Congress who is grounded in the District and understands its real concerns, not someone who is more preoccupied with climbing the rungs of her Party's leadership than she is with earning people's votes," said Karen Harrington, candidate for Congress in Florida's 20th Congressional District. "I challenge Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to three full debates over the course of the final three weeks of the campaign. The voters of the 20th Congressional District deserve to hear a clear alternative to the reckless spending and regulation that Debbie has championed throughout her entire career, and her record of failure needs to be held to account."


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